Facts About Hand Washing

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hand washing with soapHand washing is one of the easiest thing to do. Unfortunately many people are too lazy to wash their hands and are too sure that their hands are always clean. We recommend that you remove your lazy habit of washing hands if you don’t to have germs on them.

Well, because of the low awareness of people to wash their hands, then every October 15 the world commemorate as the global hand washing day. Because of the wash clean living habits can begin.

People often just wash their hands if there is visible dirt. But fact is, hands that look clean is not guaranteed to be free from germs. Try to remember how many times you touched the elevator door, hold the ladder, the handle on the bus, magazines or newspapers back and forth, open the toilet door, etc.

Things held by many people is the source of the spread of germs although it looks clean, so don’t forget to wash your hands. Because hands can transmit diseases due to it activities that are always in touch with a lot of things throughout the day. On the contrary with diligent hand washing, various types of mild to deadly diseases caused by these germs can be prevented.

Of course, not all types of diseases are transmitted through contact with hands. However hand-washing habits proved to be effective enough to prevent contact with germs through the following channels:

Fecal-oral contact
Hand washing with soap must be done after going to the toilet to avoid contact germs from feces (fecal) to mouth (oral). The types of diseases that can be transmitted through this route include salmonellosis, shigellosis, hepatitis A, giardiasis, enterovirus, amebiasis, and campylobacteriosis.

Indirect contact with respiratory secretions
After shaking hands with people who are coughing or sneezing you should immediately wash your hands, because it can transmit bacteria and viruses.

The types of diseases that can be transmitted through respiratory secretions such as colds, influenza, streptococcal infection, and infection of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Contact with other body fluids
Urine, saliva and sweat can transmit germs such as cytomegalovirus, typhoid, staphylococcal germs, and Epstein-Barr virus. Fluids can be attached to the hands through direct contact, or indirectly when touching surfaces and objects of everyday tools.

When is it time to wash hands?

Washing hands with soap and running water should be done before eating or contact with sick people. Do it also as soon as possible after doing the following activities:

1. Cooking, especially if you had contact with raw meat
2. Using toilets
3. Changing diapers
4. Touching animals or animal food
5. Blowing your nose and covering nose when sneezing and coughing
6. Caring for wounds or helping accident victims
7. Touch dirty clothes and other items that are not guaranteed their cleanliness.

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